My nephew from Florida was coming to the desert. We were going to meet at the historic Wolverton Mill (do a search, you’ll probably find it) at high noon. But, of course, there’s a whole morning to use up waiting to go to the Mill. So what does one do in Capitol Reef and the surrounding area? Take the camera for a drive.

Of course, you won’t be surprised to see two of the fotos. The sky was great, I wanted to try a little different angle and framing, so wandered up a wash. The buckwheat photo is for Nick. He’s got a fetish for desert buckwheat and I don’t really blame him. It’s a fascinating plant. Use that for the foreground to my fetish, Factory Butte, and you’ll get an interesting image.

Here’s how to wait without getting bored:

Buckwheat Factory

Buckwheat Factory

I kind of like this framing of the Butte:

Framed Butte

Framed Butte

 

And, of course, water in the desert is fascinating. It’s water, doing its thing, that makes much of what we see so stunning. Here’s a little erosion in process.

Waterfall, Fremont River

Waterfall, Fremont River